Roman Mars and 99% Invisible remember a time when the Soviet Union was a world player, but not in design. We hear about their impassioned effort to recreate designs and manufacture goods- just like the rest of the world.
When writer Henry Shukman heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued by its reputation as Europe’s largest wildlife refuge. After all, for more than 25 years, few humans have been allowed access to the 1,600 sq. miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. Henry shared a meal with "resettlers," people who returned.
On a July afternoon in 1937, 15-year-old Betty Klenck Brown was listening to her family's shortwave radio. She was writing down lyrics to popular songs when she turned the dial and heard the unimaginable: "This is Amelia Earhart. This is Amelia Earhart." Betty jotted down everything she heard over 3 hours.
Linda and John Unland met in the summer of 1974, when they were White House summer interns for President Nixon. What they didn’t know was that Nixon would resign that summer, and they would be there to see his historical resignation and the swearing in of President Gerald Ford.
Matt Arbogast's grandfather, Paul Arbogast, died long before Matt was born. Matt never knew much about Paul, but he was always fascinated with his story. About all he knew was that Paul died as a young man after serving in World War II, and that his grandmother, Julia, never remarried.
Then Matt came into possession of letters Paul had written to Julia between 1943 and 1945. Also in the show: Growing up in the Peace Corps.